Tips for better searching

With so many items available on eBay, knowing how to find what you want can save you valuable time.

What to do if you're seeing too many results

Make your search more specific
This is the easiest way to narrow down your results. If you have a particular colour, size, model or manufacturer in mind, add that information to your search.
Use our suggestions
Sometimes, you'll see a list of Related Searches just under the search box at the top of the page.
For example, if you search for 'DVD player', you may see related searches like 'blu ray player' and 'car DVD player'. Click on any of these searches to narrow your results.
Use the Refine Search menu:
  • Categories: Limits search to items in that category.

  • Price: Limits search to items within a certain price range.

  • Condition: Limits results to items in the condition you want. For example, you can search for only new clothing or used DVDs.

  • Buying formats: Limits results only to auction-style, or Buy it now items.

  • Show only: Limits results in several ways. For example, you can choose to show only items with free P&P, or only completed listings. Find out more about searching completed listings.

Take a shortcut to refine your results
You'll sometimes see a shortcut if your search results include items from multiple categories. The shortcut appears with a magnifying glass icon in your list of results and suggests categories you can use to narrow your search. Click on a category to get relevant results faster.
Use search operators (Boolean logic)
You can exclude certain words from a search and use other advanced techniques. Find out how to use search operators.
Try Advanced search
Refine your search in different ways. Learn more about advanced search.

What to do if you're not seeing enough results

If you're not getting enough results, try these tips for expanding your search.

Include sellers' descriptions in your search to get more results
Tick 'Include title and description' below the search box, and click Search again.
Try your search again using different words
There are many ways to describe an item. Imagine the words a seller might use. Try different words to describe the item. Use just 2 or 3 words at a time to ensure you get a variety of results.
Check your spelling
Be careful when using 'and', 'or', 'not', and 'the'
Include these words only if you expect them to be in the item's title or description. For example, 'Beauty and the Beast', 'The Fray', and 'Trick or Treat'.
If you want to use words like 'not' and 'or' to refine a search (for example, 'DVD player NOT Sony', or 'DVD player Sony OR Toshiba'), use search operators instead.
Avoid using punctuation
Only use punctuation in your search if you expect it to be in the item's title or description. For example, 't-shirt'.

Sorting your results

When you search on eBay, we automatically sort your results to show listings that best matches what you're looking for first.

You can use the Sort by drop-down menu at the top of the page to re-order your results.

If you'd prefer to have your results always sorted in particular way, learn how to change your default sort order.

Comparing items

To compare items:
  1. Click Watch this item to add the items you want to compare to your Watch list.

  2. Once you're watching all the items, go to My eBay.

  3. Under Lists on the left side of the page, click Watch list.

  4. Select the items you want to compare by ticking the boxes next to them.

  5. Click Compare.

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